India’s estranged pacer S Sreesanth’s has pledged to put in his very best into every delivery he bowls from now on as his 7-year ban got lifted on Sunday.
Sreesanth’s 7-year ban by BCCI got lifted on Sunday. Pic: Reuters
- S Sreesanth’s ban got lifted on Sunday
- BCCI had imposed a life-ban on Sreesanth but it was shortened to 7 years
- India’s domestic season has been delayed amid pandemic
The 37-year-old Indian pacer had earlier made it evident that he is keen on resuming his domestic career for Kerala, at least, at the end of the 7-year ban that was imposed on him by the BCCI on charges of match-fixing. The cricketer had already pledged that he will manage his fitness and give his very best into every single delivery that he bowls from now on.
“I’m completely free of any charges nd anything nd now gonna represent the sport I love the most.will give my very best to every ball I ball even (if) it’s just practice,” he tweeted on Friday, 2 days before the lifting of his ban.
“Just have another 5 to 7 years max to give it all I’ve got nd I will give the very best to any team I play,” he added.
However, the Indian domestic season -that usually starts in August- was postponed amid the novel coronavirus-induced pandemic, and so Sreesanth’s comeback will have to wait some more. For that he’d have to prove his fitness to the Kerala state board.
“…the BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly wrote in a recent letter to presidents and secretaries of its affiliated member associations. Sreesanth’s life ban for alleged spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of the IPL was reduced to 7 years by BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain last year.
According to Jain’s observation, Sreesanth was already well past his prime as he was six years into his ban last year. Sreesanth, along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were banned by the BCCI on allegations of spot-fixing. On his constant trial of getting his ban shortened, Sreesanth was finally successful on March 15 last year, as the Supreme Court asked the BCCI to reconsider the duration of the ban.
“I will never ever cheat cricket even when iam playing a friendly match..I don’t ball (bowl) easy ones or try to loose…so pls get that right with everyone…” Sreesanth posted recently.
In 27 Tests and 53 ODIs for India, Sresaanth bagged 87 and 75 wickets, respectively, before his ban. Throughout his ban. The pacer has remained challenging odds to make a comeback.